What bothers the right about "big government" should bother us about "supersized philanthropy." The growing power of philanthropists has begun to undercut our democracy and our democratic institutions.
The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.
Every person and every sector has an obligation to help our fellow citizens and ensure America's prosperity. Hunger is an urgent issue in America, and we must do something about it now. Not tomorrow or next year, but now. People are suffering today.
Attending the Nexus Summit were progeny of first generation entrepreneurs whose parents have created and sold firms to large conglomerates and their family has become instantly wealthy by a single event.
I spoke with Tom Tierney, co-author of "Give Smart," and Leslie R. Crutchfield, co-author of "Do More Than Give," on the motivations behind their books, key findings of their research, and the culture of philanthropy today.
We seem to think that if you can't make a large-scale, celebrity-influenced difference, then it doesn't count, but it does. You don't have to have a million dollars to make a million-dollar difference.
When you wander through the grocery store, there are lots of products that tie themselves to social causes. The idea here is that everybody wins. But an interesting paper suggests things might not be so rosy for the charity.
As the collection basket made its way toward me, I wondered what to do. My business had been slow, so I had no extra money to give. I desperately wanted to support this marvelous process unfolding in South Africa.
"Who can be troubled to read financials? I have to admit, I didn't until this whole thing broke open. Basically, people are saying, 'Don't trouble me with facts and numbers, I like Greg, and I like the story.'"